FORT LEE, VA— A Fort Lee sergeant and his two-year-old daughter were found dead after a fire broke out in their home early Monday morning.
Sgt. Corey Flowers, 24, and his 2-year-old daughter, Kourtney Flowers were found dead in their home Monday morning
The fire started in the home's kitchen, according to Fort Lee Fire Chief Tom Bahr, who said unattended cooking involving an open frying pan and cooking oil sparked the fire.
The cause and manner of death for both individuals remains under investigation by Army CID, which is responsible for investigating all deaths on post.
Sgt. Flowers, a native of Raeford, N.C., was a mortuary affairs specialist with the 54th Quartermaster Company. He had been stationed at Fort Lee since joining the Army in 2006.
Spc. Pauletta Flowers, the wife of Sgt. Flowers and mother of Kourtney, was not in the residence during the fire. She is assigned to the 530th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion at Fort Lee.
A neighbor in the adjoining unit of the duplex called 911 after the fire began to spread to their unit, activating their smoke detectors, officials said.
Fort Lee Fire and Emergency Services personnel responded to the home on Bellawood Road in the Madison Park subdivision at 2:57 a.m., seven minutes after the 911 call was placed. The fire was extinguished shortly thereafter.
The fire burned for a length of time before spreading to the neighboring duplex, according to fire officials. The neighboring unit was also damaged by the fire, and Fort Lee officials are working to find housing for those displaced.
Officials are working to determine why a smoke detector in the first unit did not activate.
Crews with the Hopewell Fire Department and Colonial Heights Fire Department also responded to the scene.
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